Okay, guys, help me out here. I'm having a crisis of faith in Apple. I've had some bad experiences lately with my Macs' performance. I've recently started working at a new graphic design shop, and there are some high-end Macs, and some high-end Gateways. When it comes to handling huge tasks like distilling PS files, the Gateways are six (or so) times faster. They're really marvellously fast. And our Macs - not so much. They're slow with the big tasks, and it often feels like they get confused with the little ones - periodically whilst switching pages in a big InDesign document, for instance, my Mac has to stop and think for a long time, and it gives me a lot of redraw problems. The Gateways just don't; they're right with me the whole time. There's nothing wrong with the Quicksilvers - they're fresh, loaded with RAM, and have DPs -but I feel like big tasks really put a strain on them, whereas the Gateways seem to handle everything without stopping for breath. And I'm even getting to like Windows XP. There are a lot of little niceties in it that OS X just doesn't have. When I'm filling a folder full of images for a project, for instance, it 'senses' that this is an image folder, without my saying so, and reacts according me, giving me a pane of templates and icons and a preview pane. And it allows me, very easily, to change this setting so that it treats it like a regular folder. So using these Gateways has got me thinking: why the hell am I loyal to Apple? I adore Macs, I hate Microsoft, I love being a 'Mac person', and I think Macs are gorgeous, but I'm starting to wonder if they aren't really impractical. Maybe a PowerBook can handle my personal life, but it seems like a good Sony or Gateway tower is the sort of thing I want to entrust my professional life to. I'm actually considering switching my bureau to what I used to call 'the dark side'. If I'm making a big mistake, straighten me out, won't you?